Two years ago, when i set out on my journey of becoming a collegiate athlete in the U.S, i had no idea what was in store and just how demanding it would be to become successful. The pressure on an athlete is major and i believe that this pressure can only make you better. I think that being an athlete under fire from fans and coaches improves your game and makes you work harder and harder every day.
Having grown up in England, this kind of pressure was virtually non existent as you play in front of one man and his dog and winning and loosing is met with similar emotions and feelings. Winning and loosing in a college environment is the difference between a good or bad weekend, a good or bad write up in the media and a chance to either play or be dropped for the next fixture.
My first ever college tennis match was against the Boise State Broncos in an electric atmosphere at the Lobo tennis club. I had never experienced anything like it and the amount of people amazed me. There were a 1,000 lobo fans wanting to see there mens tennis team in action for the first time of the season and i wanted to put on a show. We narrowly lost but my thoughts after the match were ones of disbelief at the amount of support we had and for this reletively small sport just how much the Americans loved it. You certainky would not find this kind of atmosphere at a tennis match anywhere else in the world, let alone England.
As you can probably tell, the culture of sport in America and Englanmd is so different and this may be one of the biggest reaons America has so much succes in tennis and sports in general.
Hi, My name is Joe wood, i am a sophomore here at UNM. i am currently majoring in Journalism and i play for the men's tennis team. I come from Sheffield, England so Albuquerque is a whole other world than what i am used to but having been here a year and a half now, i am starting to get used to the climate, food and other general cultural differences that i struggled to grasp at the start.
Tennis takes up a lot of free time but i enjoy playing soccer (football) and going to watch the sporting events here at UNM and have just about learnt the rules for American football!
All my family live back in England and i travel back to see them every Christmas and summer. They have never been over to the United States but are planning a trip in May. I have 2 sisters. The eldest is studying dentistry at the university of Sheffield and the younger one is a primary school teacher in Sheffield.I have A girlfriend back in England called Jenni and i have been with her for a year and a half now.